For the Business of Football - Inside World Football http://www.insideworldfootball.com/component/content/?view=featured Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:44:32 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb FIFA closes Garcia era with promise to publish redacted report, but no revote http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16071-fifa-closes-garcia-era-with-promise-to-publish-redacted-report-but-no-revote http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16071-fifa-closes-garcia-era-with-promise-to-publish-redacted-report-but-no-revote fifa3By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent, in Marrakesh
December 19 - It led to the resignation of its author and involved months and months of chaos and confusion. But FIFA finally agreed today to publish what Sepp Blatter described as the "famous" Michael Garcia report into possible corruption in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:07:13 +0000
Russia 2018: Build budgets feel the squeeze but not the cuts http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-cup/russia-2018/16061-russia-2018-build-budgets-feel-the-squeeze-but-not-the-cuts http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-cup/russia-2018/16061-russia-2018-build-budgets-feel-the-squeeze-but-not-the-cuts Russia 2018 logo1By Paul Nicholson
December 19 – Russian stadium build for the 2018 World Cup is progressing but not without public assurances from president Vladimir Putin and his officials that money is being well spent and carefully monitored.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Russia 2018 World Cup News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:03:44 +0000
Dietmar Hopp given go-ahead to take majority stake in 1899 Hoffenheim http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16065-dietmar-hopp-given-go-ahead-to-take-majority-stake-in-1899-hoffenheim http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16065-dietmar-hopp-given-go-ahead-to-take-majority-stake-in-1899-hoffenheim Dietmar HoppBy Mark Baber
December 19 - The Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL) has given the go-ahead for SAP-founder Dietmar Hopp to take a majority stake in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim - the village club he brought from lower league obscurity to Bundesliga glory - with effect from 1 July 2015.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:48:08 +0000
Garcia report to be published, no grounds to strip Russia or Qatar http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16070-garcia-report-to-be-published-no-grounds-to-strip-russia-or-qatar http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16070-garcia-report-to-be-published-no-grounds-to-strip-russia-or-qatar Sepp Blatter 16By Andrew Warshaw in Marrakesh
December 19 – FIFA will publish the investigative report by its former chief investigator Michael Garcia into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups that were awarded to Russia and Qatar. But president Sepp Blatter said there will be no revote.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:31:03 +0000
Inside Insight: There's good money to be made in ethics http://www.insideworldfootball.com/inside-insight/16060-inside-insight-there-s-good-money-to-be-made-in-ethics http://www.insideworldfootball.com/inside-insight/16060-inside-insight-there-s-good-money-to-be-made-in-ethics There's good money in ethics, really good money. More than you can get for crawling up the greasy pole to a position on FIFA's executive committee if you are clever. And when you think you have trousered enough of it, you can time your exit with maximum effect, champion the high ground (doubtless standing on your own wallet stuffed full of other people's cash/stash/development grants) and leave with a fantastic reputation.]]> paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Inside Insight Columnists Thu, 18 Dec 2014 23:18:28 +0000 Breaking news: FIFA to publish Garcia report after current investigations end http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16066-breaking-news-fifa-to-publish-garcia-report-after-current-investigations-end http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16066-breaking-news-fifa-to-publish-garcia-report-after-current-investigations-end fifa3By Andrew Warshaw in Marrakesh
December 19 – FIFA will officially announce later today that it will publish the investigative report by its former chief investigator Michael Garcia into the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups that were awarded to Russia and Qatar.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:11:21 +0000
2014 AFF final pitches Tigers against Elephants in Kuala Lumpur http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/asia/16068-2014-aff-final-pitches-tigers-against-elephants-in-kuala-lumpir http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/asia/16068-2014-aff-final-pitches-tigers-against-elephants-in-kuala-lumpir Suzuki Cup 2014December 19 - The 10th edition of the ASEAN Football Championship, known as the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, comes to its climax on Saturday as Malaysia meet Thailand in Kuala Lumpur in the second leg of the final, looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.]]> paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Asia World Football News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:44:14 +0000 Sparta Prague to modernise stadium, boost retail space revenue http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16069-sparta-prague-to-modernise-stadium-boost-retail-space-revenue http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16069-sparta-prague-to-modernise-stadium-boost-retail-space-revenue Sparta PragueBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
December 19 - Daniel Kretinsky, the owner of Sparta Prague, has unveiled plans to modernise the Czech club's stadium to boost its retail space and revenue. Under the proposal, the project would begin in the spring of 2016.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:58:14 +0000
FIFPro warns players away from no-money Serbian clubs http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16062-fifpro-warns-players-away-from-no-money-serbian-clubs http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16062-fifpro-warns-players-away-from-no-money-serbian-clubs Serbian SuperligaDecember 19 - Players union FIFPro has taken the unusual step of advising its members not to agree contracts in Serbia as there is a high risk that they would not get paid their salaries. Their warning came out joints with the Serbian professional footballers association Nezavisnost (SPFN).]]> paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:12:37 +0000 Aguirre to lead Japan at Asian Cup, despite Spanish match-fixing probe http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/asia/16067-aguirre-to-lead-japan-at-asian-cup-despite-spanish-match-fixing-probe http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/asia/16067-aguirre-to-lead-japan-at-asian-cup-despite-spanish-match-fixing-probe Javier AguirreDecember 19 - Japan will stick with coach Javier Aguirre for next month's Asian Cup in Australia, despite the Mexican being involved in Spain's burgeoning match-fixing scandal.]]> paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Asia World Football News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:36:27 +0000 Rangers put Llambias in charge as cost cuts and crisis loans come under scrutiny http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16064-rangers-put-llambias-in-charge-as-cost-cuts-and-crisis-loans-come-under-scrutiny http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16064-rangers-put-llambias-in-charge-as-cost-cuts-and-crisis-loans-come-under-scrutiny RangersDecember 19 – The on-going turmoil at Scottish giant Rangers has taken another ownership twist with board member Derek Llambias appointed at the club's new chief executive.]]> paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:59:03 +0000 Levski Sofia budget 75% of income for wages but will fail FFP rules http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16063-levski-sofia-budget-75-of-income-for-wages-but-will-fail-ffp-rules http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16063-levski-sofia-budget-75-of-income-for-wages-but-will-fail-ffp-rules todor batkovBy Alexander Krassimirov
December 19 - The owner of the Bulgaria's Levski Sofia Todor Batkov (pictured) has announced that the club's budget for next year will amount to BGN 8 million (€4 million), BGN 6 million of which will be spent on club salaries - players and officials.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:32:16 +0000
News analysis: What next at the Marrakesh bizarre? http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16057-news-analysis-what-next-at-the-marrakesh-bizarre http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16057-news-analysis-what-next-at-the-marrakesh-bizarre FIFA House4By Andrew Warshaw in Marrakesh
December 18 - The fallout from Michael Garcia's resignation as FIFA's chief investigator continued apace today as world football's governing body met to consider their next move amid collective shock and surprise among the organisation's top brass.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:26:47 +0000
Russian currency crisis drives up club costs of foreign player wages http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16058-russian-currency-crisis-drives-up-club-costs-of-foreign-player-wages http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16058-russian-currency-crisis-drives-up-club-costs-of-foreign-player-wages CurrencyDecember 18 – Salaries of foreign players at Russian clubs have escalated dramatically as the Russian ruble has plummeted in exchange rate value. Players, with salaries generally negotiated in euros, are now putting almost 40% more on club wage bills.]]> paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:48:59 +0000 Matt Scott: Russian 2018 organisers face taxing task as inflation takes off http://www.insideworldfootball.com/matt-scott/16053-matt-scott-russian-2018-organisers-face-taxing-task-as-inflation-takes-off http://www.insideworldfootball.com/matt-scott/16053-matt-scott-russian-2018-organisers-face-taxing-task-as-inflation-takes-off "The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation." Vladimir Iliych Lenin

The Russian bear was dancing when it held the winter Olympics and won its bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. All the while it was growling a demonstration of its aggressive fighting strength in the Caucasus. But, for the moment at least, one of the world's most historically important nations is cowed. The Russian economy has turned bearish in the extreme.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Matt Scott Columnists Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:39:18 +0000
Igbokwe gives FIFA three days to annul Pinnick election before court action http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/africa/16059-igbokwe-gives-fifa-three-days-to-annul-pinnick-election-before-court-action http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/africa/16059-igbokwe-gives-fifa-three-days-to-annul-pinnick-election-before-court-action Nigerian Football Federation logoBy Mark Baber
December 18 - Barrister Leo Iyke Igbokwe, one of the aggrieved losing candidates in the disputed September 30 elections which saw Amaju Pinnick win the Presidency of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), told journalists Tuesday that if FIFA did not annul the elections within three days, he would take the matter to court.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:56:05 +0000
Bulgarian match-fixing arrests focussed on top league and top teams http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16054-bulgarian-match-fixing-arrests-focussed-on-top-league-and-top-teams http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/europe/16054-bulgarian-match-fixing-arrests-focussed-on-top-league-and-top-teams svetlozar lazarovBy Alexander Krassimirov
December 18 - Bulgarian police investigating the match-fixing scandal in the country have said that their focus is on matches from Bulgaria's top division - A grupa.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:53:07 +0000
Garcia quits FIFA role having 'lost confidence' in the ethics process http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16052-garcia-quits-fifa-role-having-lost-confidence-in-the-ethics-process http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16052-garcia-quits-fifa-role-having-lost-confidence-in-the-ethics-process Michael J GarciaBy Andrew Warshaw
December 17 - FIFA was plunged into renewed crisis and confusion when its ethics investigator Michael Garcia sensationally resigned today in protest over the handling of his report into possible corruption during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:55:12 +0000
Anonma calls for AFCON cancellation over Ebola fears http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/africa/16056-ebola-fears-prompt-anonma-to-call-for-afcon-cancellation http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/africa/16056-ebola-fears-prompt-anonma-to-call-for-afcon-cancellation Genoveva AnonmaDecember 18 - Equatorial Guinea's former African women's footballer of the year Genoveva Anonma has called for next year's Africa Cup of Nations to be cancelled to avoid the Ebola virus spreading to her country.]]> paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:18:56 +0000 Sydney siege prompts AFC to ask Aussies to add to security for Asian Cup http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/asia/16055-sydney-siege-prompts-afc-to-ask-aussies-to-add-to-security-for-asian-cup http://www.insideworldfootball.com/world-football/asia/16055-sydney-siege-prompts-afc-to-ask-aussies-to-add-to-security-for-asian-cup Asian Cup 2015December 17 - The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has called on Australia to beef up security for next month's Asian Cup following this week's fatal hostage siege in Sydney.]]> paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured Asia World Football News Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:04:28 +0000 Garcia appeal ruled 'not admissable', Eckert's summary was not a judgment http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16045-garcia-appeal-ruled-not-admissable-eckert-s-summary-was-not-a-judgment http://www.insideworldfootball.com/fifa/16045-garcia-appeal-ruled-not-admissable-eckert-s-summary-was-not-a-judgment FIFA HouseBy Andrew Warshaw
December 17 - The timing could have not have been more apt. Just as their top brass gather in Morocco for what could prove a pivotal executive committee meeting, so FIFA's appeals committee has made an attempt to close another chapter in the seemingly interminable 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption probe.]]>
paulnicholson@sportsolutionsltd.com (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:52:43 +0000